Discovery University Application
Discovery University Winter 2021 Application
The course for Winter 2021 is:
“Introduction to Drama: What can drama teach us about life?”
Drama combines the literary arts of storytelling, movement, and poetry with the world of live performance. As a form of ritual as well as entertainment, drama has served to unite communities and challenge social norms, to energize and/or disturb audiences. Seeing our stories staged makes us realize how connected we all are, and how many of us share similar experiences. We will be exploring a translation of one of the earliest existing ancient Greek plays studied in English in the Western tradition of drama, Oedipus Rex by Sophocles.
About the Instructor:
My name is Janne Cleveland (pronounced Jan), and I teach in the Department of English Language and Literature at Carleton University. I’m also the Co-ordinator of the Drama Studies program in the English Department. I have been teaching at Carleton, and sometimes in the Theatre Department at the University of Ottawa since 2002 – almost 20 years! I got my PhD from Carleton University in 2008, writing a dissertation about the work of Canadian playwright and Master puppeteer, Ronnie Burkett. I get very excited about performing arts, especially drama, and I want to share my passion with you. I think that drama is important because it lets us see our stories in three dimensions. We get to look at situations in the world and our own lives from a safe distance – the stage – and that allows us to consider different ways of finding solutions, expressing frustration, or sharing a common experience with others.
The course will be held each Friday via Zoom meetings (online) from March 5thh to April 30th 2021 from 10am – 12pm. Further details about the program will be outlined in the acceptance letter.